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Origins Recovery Centers appoints Frank Lawlis, PhD to Director post

November 15, 2010
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Origins Recovery Centers (South Padre Island, Texas) announces the appointment of Dr. Frank Lawlis as Director of Psychology and Neurological Plasticity Programs. Dr. Lawlis will manage the development, integration and administration of Origins' advanced psychological and neurological programs for the treatment of chemically dependent and dual diagnosed patients.

"We are committed to delivering cutting-edge brain treatment sciences to our patients. Origins' treatment philosophy involves leveraging the finest evidence-based interventions that psychology and addiction medicine have to offer, while grounding our patients in the timeless twelve-step paradigm. Dr. Lawlis is the authority on brain-body healing, especially with respect to co-existing disorders that we often see in our patients like attention deficit, bi-polar and post-traumatic stress," said Ben Levenson, Chief Executive Officer. "Dr. Lawlis and his staff bring an array of advanced clinical capabilities, including expert evaluation tools, to help us more deeply understand patient needs and better individualize their treatment," said Levenson.

"Origins' treatment milieu is ideal for Dr. Lawlis' neuroplasticity work because our ninety-day program gives him and his team the time they need to effectively deliver their unique brain re-sequencing treatment. We are looking forward to integrating the culmination of his research, the Compass Program, and availing our clients of this advanced specialty care," said Rich Whitman, President and Executive Director. "Origins is truly taking substance abuse treatment to the next level. If we really believe that addiction is a brain disease, then we had better begin treating the brain - and that is exactly what we are doing here at Origins."

Dr. Lawlis has focused on clinical and research methods of the mind-body relationship since 1968 when he received his Ph.D. in Psychology with an emphasis in medical psychology and rehabilitation. He has written and co-authored over 100 published articles as well as New York Times bestselling books. He was awarded the Diplomate by the American Board of Professional Psychology in both Counseling Psychology and Clinical Psychology. Dr. Lawlis also received the status of Fellow from the American Psychological Association for his scientific contributions to the field of clinical psychology and behavioral medicine, as well as other awards for his pioneering research in this field.

"I am honored and excited to be appointed to this important role at Origins. I have been looking for a residential substance abuse program that has proportioned the medical, clinical and spiritual care components in a way in which I could effectively introduce the dimension of mind-body science that I have worked my entire career developing - and I found that at Origins," said Dr. Lawlis. "We are committed to taking the fight to the correct battleground - and the brain is the beginning center-stage. We must begin to help the patient through this horrific disease by integrating sound brain rehabilitation through the established protocols that enhance outcomes."